Teacher Group Leader Pledges Support for Dallas ISD Mask Mandate – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
One of the nation’s leading lobbyists for teachers was in Texas this week to advocate for the return of children to class, while supporting the Dallas ISD Mask mandate.
Randi Weingarten has traveled the country defending the return of students to the classroom and away from virtual learning.
But his visit to Dallas focused on something different as North Texas students have been learning in the classroom since the start of the school year.
There is always an effort to get the students left at home to return to the building … and the National Union of Teachers is engaged in this fight.
“Our members have asked parents to talk to them about their return to school, safety considerations and protocol,” Weingarten said.
However, in Texas, she is more concerned with supporting ISD Dallas Superintendent Michael Hinojosa.
He not only lobbies for students to come back to class, but also with masks. This goes against the order dictated by Governor Greg Abbott.
“Vaccines, masks, ventilation … can really keep children safe. We are seeing it in schools in California that opened at the same time as schools in Texas. The governor of California has taken a different approach.” , she said.
Weingarten met with Hinojosa on Thursday and pledged the group’s support to bring more students into the classroom with masks, vaccines, better ventilation and whatever it takes to move the community beyond the pandemic.
Thursday’s announcement that the Justice Department would prosecute Texas over its controversial new abortion law raised questions whether something similar could be happening with the masks.
“Current (Education) Secretary (Miguel) Cardona is investigating whether the actions of (Florida Governor Ron) Desantis and (Texas Governor Greg) Abbott’s actions have a disproportionate and negative impact on vulnerable children and the colored kids and they’re looking at that right now, “she added.
While this meeting was more a show of solidarity than a real plan of action, Weingarten said they wanted to make sure teachers and leaders here know that Hinojosa is not working alone to keep the masks in place during the pandemic.